I watched Annabelle to prepare for Annabelle: Creation and I surprisingly really enjoyed it! I expected the worst because everyone hated it, but I actually preferred it over the slick but toothless Conjuring 2.
It does get really dumb and hokey, but it never pushed me away. Can't wait for Creation, I'm going on a double date to see it on Friday!
Wolf of Wall Street is my favourite Scorsese film. A three-hour comedy should be unbearable, considering the genre frequently feels stretched when it runs over 90-100 minutes, but it's a blast all the way through.
Streets of Fire (1984)- For no good reason whatsoever I decided to watch Streets of Fire, a movie I have not seen in quite a while. The story follows Tom Cody (Michael Pare) who is called back to his home after his rock star ex girlfriend, Ellen Aim, is kidnapped by a biker gang. This movie is a pretty good time, I am not sure if you could call it good honestly, but I enjoyed it. There is a distinct lack of characters in this movie, everybody is a cardboard cut out from asshole lead Tom, to rock star Ellen (Diane Lane), to a drifter lady named McCoy (Amy Madigan) that Tom befriends. Nope it is pretty clear this is not about the characters pretty quickly, this is a movie all about setting, action, and style. The world this movie takes place in is a fusion of the 1950's, the music is rock and roll (This is a Rock N' Roll fable after all) cars are right out of the 50's, and the All-American Diner.
Even though I enjoyed this movie it has some serious issues. The story is really silly, but not in a good way. The world it is set in invents rules based on story needs, our hero murders the shit out of a lot of unarmed bikers at one point and gets away with it. Also Tom is an unlikable asshole, arrogant, smug, and just an all around turd. There are these stylish scene transitions that look like tire treads that get old really fast and they happen a lot and also there is one scene where we are transported into a music video with no warning and it is really abrupt, there are some weird editing decisions in this one.
It sounds all negative, I know, but I honestly had a good time with this one. It moves along at a nice pace and never outstays its welcome.
V > IV > Holiday Special > those Ewok adventures > SpaceBalls > VI > I > VII > II > III > whatever Rogue One is
Looks about right.
Are we seriously doing this?
Fine. V > IV > SpaceBalls > Ewok bullshit > Rogue One > Holiday Special > VI > VII > III > II > I
V > IV > III > VII > VI > Rogue One > II > I
I loved a whole lot of what Revenge of the Sith had in terms of individual moments, even if the movie as a whole is super uneven, so it is floating just above The Force Awakens for me.
Loved it. The trailer did this movie no favours though in that it sells the movie as a comedy that makes a caricature of the working class South and serves to mock them. whereas the actual film is pretty respectful of the lead characters (who are so likeable) and the employment problems befalling the mining industry in particular.
It skews more towards King of the Hill (the cartoon) than it does Beverly Hillbillies really.
honestly, I'd put this over Soderbergh's previous best heist flick (Oceans Eleven) as well. I loved the main cast in here. The Logan family is so lovable. Channing Tatum, Driver and Keough (god damn she looked good in this btw) all make the most of their screentime and have great chemistry. And Daniel Craig's character feels like he stepped out of Fantastic Mr. Fox or a Coen Brothers Comedy. He kills it in here (as do the moronic brothers of his), and makes you wonder what the hell is he doing wasting away as Bond and sleepwalking through movies lately when he has this in him.
Where it fell flat for me was the small subplot with Hilary Swank. it stops the momentum of the movie dead and damn is she just a misfire in this. its like she's doing a bad Clint Eastwood impression or something.
but aside from that, this may be my favourite theatrical Soderbergh project all the way back since Traffic. he's made some interesting films since, but I just found this to be the strongest output he's had in a while aside from The Knick.
My favorite Adam Driver performance too, even over his turn in Paterson. He's such a lovable simple lumbering dude in here. Got great comedic delivery in here.
Pretty sure I never saw the Holiday Special or the Ewok stuff, so ...
V > IV > VI > VII > Rogue One > Spaceballs > II >>>>>> III >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I
The prequels are so fucking bad. The Anakin/Padme love story is so flat and so poorly done. It is simply impossible for Padme to have loved Anakin. She would have had to love eating cardboard. There was simply no life to him. That and we all knew the back story. The damn prequels should have shown us Palpatine as a young man being seduced by the dark side, and how he manipulated events to turn everything his way, and it should have ended with the Jedi killing Maul and assuming they had cleansed the scourge of the Sith, only to have Palpatine come across Anakin.
Anyway, fuck the prequels. They suck.
Was a Joker origin what you had in mind?
If it's Leto's Joker, I'm not expecting much. The idea itself is interesting, but I would prefer a better actor.Well, he's just the producer on that. And while the idea of a Joker origin movie is a fundamentally stupid idea (like a Han Solo film without Harrison Ford)... Scorsese being involved and the movie reportedly being set in the 70s and being similar to Scorsese's movies during that time sounds intriguing*.
* unlike a Han Solo film without Harrison Ford
The Founder is a perfect before-you-go-to-sleep movie. There's nothing special about this movie, but there's nothing all that bad about it either. It's a 6 or 7 that really makes you appreciate 6 or 7s. There's just something endearing about a movie that doesn't try to be more than it is. It knew from the jump that it was a standard biopic and I salute it for that.
I watched The Siege (1998) starring Denzel Washington last night, it's on Netflix.
I considered making a thread about it but for a film made pre-9/11 - it's scary how reminiscent this film is of our current political climate in both US and Europe.
- Frequent DIY terrorist attacks caused by cells that infiltrated major cities.
- FBI and US Government out of sync, trying to achieve different goals.
- Rounding up/banning Muslims in major cities due to directives from the President.
- Cold War shenanigans.
I mean, you gotta use your imagination a little but it was pretty noticeable.
Death Note (Netflix)
I legit enjoyed it. Was weird as hell, and kinda funny, too. Dafoe was great. Wish he was in it more, though. Mia was interesting, Light was aight, and L was goofy as fuck. Just a straight up anime character.
Saw American Made earlier. Not sure why they're holding it for another month in the US. Really solid film all-around. Not gonna win any awards but Cruise and Liman are a fine team.
It's been a long ass time since I saw that movie, but that's a great review of it from what I remember. And holy shit you see it now and go "that's Diane Lane! Holy shit that's Diane Lane!"
Also, the soundtrack is great. I have "Tonight Is What It Means To Be Young" and "Nowhere Fast" on a couple of workout playlists, and somewhere I have "Sorcerer" in there too because I liked that one. Also, Willem Dafoe, Rick Moranis and Bill Paxton are all in this, and all three of them are sort of right in that "just starting to get more roles" period in their careers.
Could've sworn I remember Bryan Setzer from the Stray Cats being in this, but maybe I'm just remembering that that was the vibe this movie gave off.
Boogie Nights (1997): The story of a man trying and failing to prove that he has more to offer the world than his very large penis.
It's been a while since I watched this, so I'd forgotten a lot of the details (such as the outcome of). The tonal contrast between this and a lot of Anderson's later work is notable (he'd seldom be this loose and freewheeling in the 2000s). Provisionally, it's probably my second-favourite of his films. Also, this should really have been Julianne Moore's first Oscar win.the scene where Don Cheadle is the lone survivor of the doughnut shop robbery